Yay for Y

Objective

Associate the uppercase letter Y (and lowercase letter y) with the /y/ sound (e.g., yell, yellow, yak).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • yellow
  • yell
  • yay

Materials:

  • Large Y (see below) taped to the wall
  • Beanbag or soft toy
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Prize graphics (see below)
  • Yellow crayon/marker
  • Writing practice page (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will yell yippee in a game and they will practice saying the /y/ sound in words that start with the /y/ sound such as yesterday, yam, and yogurt.

Practice the skill within an activity

Yell, “Yay for Y!”

  • Tape the large Y (see below) to the wall at the children’s eye level.
  • Have the children stand away from the wall and let them try to hit the large Y on the wall by throwing a beanbag (or a soft toy).
  • Tell the children to yell, “Yay for Y!” when they hit the Y with the beanbag.
  • Show the children the picture cards (see below) and help them read the word on each card.
  • Point out that each word begins with the letter Y which makes the /y/ sound.
  • Attach the cards to the wall surrounding the letter Y.
  • Allow the children to try to hit the pictures with the beanbag.
  • Tell the children to yell, “Yay for Y!” when they hit a picture card or the large Y with the beanbag.
  • Give the children the prize graphic (see below) for playing the Y game.
  • Help the children write the letter Y on the prize and point out that the letter Y makes the /y/ sound.
  • Let the children color their prize yellow then have them find the letter Y in the word yellow on the crayon/marker.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Identify the target letter

  • Make a list of the words from the activity that begin with the letter Y (i.e., yellow, yippee, yell, yarn, yogurt, yak, yolk, yo-yo, yield).
  • Have the children circle the letter Y at the beginning of each word.
  • Read the list together as a group, emphasizing the /y/ sound (e.g., /y/ - /y/ - yarn).

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the letter Y (and lowercase y), on the writing practice page (see below).
  • Allow the children to draw a picture of something that starts with the /y/ sound in the space below the letters (e.g., yarn, yo-yo, yogurt).

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Objective  
Associate the uppercase letter Y and lowercase letter y with the /y/ sound: yell, yay, yellow.

Materials

  • Picture cards and prize graphic (see below)
  • Beanbag or soft toy
  • Yellow crayon or marker

Activity:  Yell "Yay for Y!"

  • Help your child write a large letter Y on a sheet of paper then attach the paper to a wall.
  • Let your child try to hit the Y paper by throwing a beanbag (or a soft toy) at the Y paper on the wall.
  • Show your child the picture cards (see below) and help him/her read the word on each card.
  • Point out that each word begins with the letter Y, which makes the /y/ sound.
  • Attach the cards to the wall surrounding the letter Y.
  • Allow your child to try to hit the pictures with the beanbag.
  • Tell your child to yell, "Yay for Y!" when he/she hits a picture card or the large Y with the beanbag.
  • Give your child the prize graphic (see below) for playing the Y game.
  • Help your child write the letter Y on the prize and point out that the letter Y makes the /y/ sound.
  • Let your child color their prize yellow then have him/her find the letter Y in the word yellow on the crayon/marker.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Prize Graphic

 

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Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.

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